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OWC Unveils the Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis

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Other World Computing (OWC), a leading zero emissions Mac upgrade and storage technology company debuted the addition of the OWC Mercury Helios 2 PCIe Thunderbolt Expansion Chassis to its Helios line at CES 2014. The Helios 2 is a solution for using two single-width, or one single-width and one double-width, PCIe 2.0 adapter cards with Mac Pro (2013), Mac mini, iMac, MacBook Air, MacBook Pro, and other Thunderbolt-equipped computers that do not have PCIe slots due to size and/or design limitations.

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Wah? PCIE x8 in x4 mode? Why bother making it x8 at all?
For $480 I'd expect it to come with a goddamn GPU ASWELL!
 
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Modern Mac users...the only sort of folk who would over spend by $1k for a computer raving about how small and attractive it is, then turn around and buy one of these because they can't do anything with it.

Sigh...I can't believe over a decade ago I was one of them...
 
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Modern Mac users...the only sort of folk who would over spend by $1k for a computer raving about how small and attractive it is, then turn around and buy one of these because they can't do anything with it.

Sigh...I can't believe over a decade ago I was one of them...
They are also the only sort of folks who can attach basically any PCI-e card to their laptops...
 

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They are also the only sort of folks who can attach basically any PCI-e card to their laptops...
You think thunderbolt attached GPU acceleration is only available for macs?

Oh dear...
Maybe you should Google more.
 
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You think thunderbolt attached GPU acceleration is only available for macs?

Oh dear...
Maybe you should Google more.
Or maybe you should try to find a Non-Apple Thunderbolt Laptop... Good luck with that! less than 1% are
 

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It took me less time to go to a price comparison website and I found more of them, but they are, as I wrote, less than 1%, and very rare in every store... Apple is pushing towards Thunderbolt, no one else cares about It.
Who needs a weak ass laptop with a low power CPU to start pushing GPU accelerated tasks for $480 (+ GPU cost) may I ask? Thunderbolt is for Apple displays, for every other user in the world, we use DVI and HDMI, and for transferring things, there's this amazing thing called a Universal standard, like USB and Ethernet. Apple are pushing thunderbolt, because that's what they do - maintain a closed platform. They don't want their users mingling in with other devices, and thunderbolt is there to ensure that.
 
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Who needs a weak ass laptop with a low power CPU to start pushing GPU accelerated tasks for $480 (+ GPU cost) may I ask? Thunderbolt is for Apple displays, for every other user in the world, we use DVI and HDMI, and for transferring things, there's this amazing thing called a Universal standard, like USB and Ethernet. Apple are pushing thunderbolt, because that's what they do - maintain a closed platform. They don't want their users mingling in with other devices, and thunderbolt is there to ensure that.
Do you think Helios or Thunderbolt are only for external GPU? are you joking? I think YOU should Google more... http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Compatibility/
Thunderbolt is an Intel platform, non Apple, and has technical capabilities far beyond USB, HDMI and Ethernet.
 

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Do you think Helios or Thunderbolt are only for external GPU? are you joking? I think YOU should Google more... http://eshop.macsales.com/tech_center/Thunderbolt/PCIe_Compatibility/
Thunderbolt is an Intel platform, non Apple, and has technical capabilities far beyond USB, HDMI and Ethernet.
Sorry. Should've known that macbook pro users need to spend $480 on a thunderbolt box so they can put a network adapter in it. Silly me.
Thunderbolt is so amazing everyone is adopting it because of it's capabilities beyond that of every other standard cable.
 
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Sorry. Should've known that macbook pro users need to spend $480 on a thunderbolt box so they can put a network adapter in it. Silly me.
Thunderbolt is so amazing everyone is adopting it because of it's capabilities beyond that of every other standard cable.
Yes silly you :) Pro Audio, Raid, 10GbE, video capture/processing, fibre channel... ring any bell? someone use PC for work, you know.
PS: The list I linked is for OS X, a lot more cards are compatible with Windows, and every windows driver is "Thunderbolt aware"
 

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Yes silly you :) Pro Audio, Raid, 10GbE, video capture/processing, fibre channel... ring any bell? someone use PC for work, you know.
PS: The list I linked is for OS X, a lot more cards are compatible with Windows, and every windows driver is "Thunderbolt aware"
Great bait mate. 8/8
 

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I wouldn't mind being able to get a couple ethernet ports and a video card that could output to 3 monitors off my Macbook Air. It's a steep price, but it might be reasonable if it had a couple ethernet ports and USB 3.0 ports built-in that didn't take space away from the PCI-E cards.